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Paul is an associate attorney in the firm's Consumer Financial Services and Cybersecurity, Information Governance and Privacy practice groups. Paul's practice focuses on representing corporations in the financial services industry in both state and federal litigation and class actions lawsuits. Paul also counsels clients in various compliance and regulatory matters.

2020 was a transformative year for the consumer financial services world. As we navigate an unprecedented volume of industry regulation, Troutman Pepper is uniquely positioned to help its clients find successful resolutions and stay ahead of the compliance curve.

In this report, we share developments in 2020 on consumer class actions, background screening, bankruptcy,

On January 20, the White House announced the acting agency leadership in the next phase of the transition of government. As part of that transition, President Joe Biden appointed Dave Uejio to serve as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This news followed on the same day Director Kraninger, appointed by

In Emily Smith v. The Hartford, No. 4:20-CV-00041-CLM, 2020 WL 4815143 (N.D. Ala. Aug. 19, 2020), the Court refused to consider mental incapacity, among other arguments, as grounds to overcome the Eleventh Circuit’s strict exhaustion requirement for ERISA. This decision reinforces the very narrow exceptions available to a plaintiff in circumventing the exhaustion requirement.

In January 2017, the Attorney General of Colorado filed two lawsuits against Marlette Funding LLC and Avant of Colorado LLC. Among other things, the lawsuits claimed that these two companies, as the online platforms for loans made to Colorado citizens, violated Colorado’s usury caps. In November 2018, the Attorney General amended the complaint to include

On August 5, 2020, parents who accused Disney, Viacom, Kiloo, and more than ten other companies of violating parents’ and children’s privacy rights in connection with information collected from children’s video games sought court preliminary approval of a class settlement in three separate but coordinated actions.

The three class actions are based on allegations that

On Friday, April 23, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia approved Facebook’s $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 10 months after the FTC had announced it in July 2019. The settlement is the largest penalty in history for a violation of consumer privacy, the largest obtained by the

In many of the settlement agreements and stipulated orders in the FTC’s recently released 2019 Privacy and Data Security Update, the FTC repeatedly imposed a set of uniform mandates for businesses to implement following a data breach. Businesses subject to the new California Consumer Privacy Act may be able to use this mandate to